We developed the Reach Up Early Childhood Parenting Programme and accompanying training package to provide an effective, adaptable programme, feasible for low resource settings. Our aim is to facilitate building the capacity needed to implement these programmes.
The Reach Up Early Childhood Parenting Programme is based on the Jamaica Home Visit (JHV) intervention designed by Sally Grantham-McGregor. The intervention has been successfully adapted and evaluated in Bangladesh and Colombia with benefits to children's development, and was adapted and implemented at a large scale by the Peruvian government.
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The intervention is guided by core principles and was developed so that it could be delivered by para-professionals with a minimum of completed primary education. These principles include:
Works through caregivers by building a positive relationship to support them in strengthening skills to promote child development.
Uses an interactive approach of demonstration and modelling and practice of activities to build skills.
Uses a structured curriculum of developmentally appropriate activities.
Home visitors are trained to listen to the caregivers, seek their opinions and ask about things they already do with their child and to acknowledge these and give encouragement and praise.
Aims to build caregivers' skills, self-esteem and enjoyment in helping her child play and learn.
Emphasises praise for caregiver and child.